Ohio Takes Step Toward Castro Victim Reparations

Bill would provide up to $25K per year of captivity

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 16, 2013 9:20 PM CDT

(Newser) – State financial reparations for Ariel Castro's victims are inching closer to becoming a reality. Under a bill that today moved from a committee to Ohio's full House of Representatives, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight would receive up to $25,000 for each year they were held captive. That amounts to between $225,000 and $275,000 each, though other victims' assistance would be subtracted from the figure. The bill, which applies to all victims of "involuntary servitude" but was written with the trio in mind, would also pay for state college—both tuition and living costs—as well as medical bills, NBC News reports. The news follows a coroner's report on Castro that refutes earlier theories from the state corrections department.

In this Wednesday, May 8, 2013 file photo, a missing poster still rests on a tree outside the home of Amanda Berry, in Cleveland.
In this Wednesday, May 8, 2013 file photo, a missing poster still rests on a tree outside the home of Amanda Berry, in Cleveland.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
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